Paolo Di Canio hails Sunderland players as heroes after 3-0 derby win
Sunderland’s Premier League survival hopes were immensely boosted on Sunday afternoon as they claimed an amazing 3-0 win at St James’ Park.
April 14th, 2013
Paolo Di Canio and his team received a hostile reception as they arrived for the Tyne-Wear derby although they and the visiting supporters were left ecstatic at the final whistle and the result means they are now three points clear of the relegation zone.
Stephane Sessegnon set the Black Cats on their way in the 27th minute, before late goals from Adam Johnson and David Vaughan sealed the points for the visitors and Paolo Di Canio was quick to praise his players after the match.
Di Canio said: “I can’t forget that I was manager of Swindon, I won the league and won many important games in the cup. But when you arrive at the top and you win one of the hottest derbies in the world … as a single game it is the most important for me. But it is nothing if we don’t stay up.
“They have to sing the players’ names, not because I want to be a humble person. I understand when they sing the manager’s name it is about the group but they have to sing the players’ names because the players work so hard. They were warriors today,” he said. “But my fans have to put my players’ name in the frame because they were heroes, they did a fantastic job.
“We know about the rivalry in this area, but it was important to get the three points. The rivalry in this area is famous around the world, so to get the three points away from home at Newcastle is fantastic. I feel a high responsibility for this club because you all know what happened last week. I have to deliver [to the board] the best job as a professional and as a man to make them proud and let them understand they have made the best decision.”